Hain offers encouragement to Tata ‘Kids of Steel’ Triathlon participants

MP for Neath Peter Hain has welcomed the Tata ‘Kids of Steel’ Triathlon to Swansea and has spoken of his delight regarding the enthusiastic response shown by children taking part in the Neath area.

1200 eight to thirteen-year-olds from twenty-eight schools throughout the Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and Carmarthenshire regions have signed up to the event, which takes place at Wales’ National Pool in Swansea on 2nd July.

Organised by Tata Steel and the British Triathlon Federation, the Tata ‘Kids of Steel’ series was launched in 2007 with the aim to promote the sport among children. More than 50,000 children have been able to participate so far and this year, building on the success of the London 2012 Olympics, the series aims to see up to 10,000 youngsters from all over the UK swim, cycle and run the equivalent distance between London and the next Olympic host city, Rio de Janeirio.

Mr Hain says, ‘this is a fantastic way to introduce children to the triathlon, a fun and varied sporting event in which they can participate with their friends at school. Tata ‘Kids of Steel’ really continues the Olympic legacy by encouraging children to adopt a healthier lifestyle through sport and exercise.’

Local Aid Gnoll Park Challenge 2013

Despite the weather, everybody had a brilliant time at The Local Aid Challenge at Gnoll Park in Neath today (20th June 2013.) It was wonderful to see pupils from all over Neath Port Talbot working together on various different team-building projects, communicating effectively and working well together, which is of course the spirit of the Challenge. The Local Aid Challenge is a great initiative that really benefits the children in our community. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent at the Gnoll today, and look forward to going back again next year. Special thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make these days of activity possible.

Hain encourages children in Constituency to enter Royal Mail Stamp Art Competition

MP for Neath Peter Hain is encouraging budding young artists in his constituency to enter the Royal Mail’s Christmas Children’s Stamp Art Competition 2013, which is now open. The competition, which is for primary school children aged 4-11, will see one winner’s design on a first class stamp and another on a second class stamp.

Mr Hain says, ‘This is an exciting opportunity that would allow two lucky children to send their Christmas cards this year using stamps that they have designed themselves.’

The theme of the competition is ‘What does the Christmas season mean to you?’ and designs can be religious or secular. Schools and parents of home-schooled children can sign-up to the competition online or by returning the postcard in a resource park sent to them by iChild, the online educational resource centre, in association with Royal Mail. Applications for the resource packs will be sent out on a first come first served basis and entries must be received by 19th July.

Full details of the competition, including how to enter, can be found on the Royal Mail website at www.royalmail.com/designastamp. The competition winners will be announced in September and the stamps will be available to but in all Post Offices from 5th November.

Hain leads search for outstanding young people in Neath for Humanitarian Citizen Award

Peter Hain is calling for his constituents to nominate young people who they feel make an outstanding contribution to the community for the Humanitarian Citizen Award, which is organised by the British Red Cross.

Mr Hain says, ‘The Humanitarian Citizen Award aims to recognise the hard work undertaken by young people in order to benefit their local area, whose efforts often go unsung.’ The award scheme is open to anyone aged 25 or under and celebrates the achievements of young people in the following four categories: first aid, volunteering, community action and fundraising.

Nominations can be completed online at www.redcross.org.uk/theaward and are open until July 14. The awards ceremony will be held in London on October 5th and all nominees will receive a certificate celebrating their nomination and achievements.

According to Mr Hain, ‘Young people do seem to get a lot of bad press, but I meet many inspiring young people throughout Neath who care deeply about improving our communities. If you know of a young person or group in Neath that you feel makes a real difference and is deserving of recognition, please nominate them.’

Neath Port Talbot College and Powys College Merger

Commenting on the merger Peter said,

“Neath Port Talbot College has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality and wide ranging further education providing a strong basis for our young people going on to achieve even greater things either through higher education or in the work place.


“I have sought reassurances that this merger will not adversely affect the high standards associated with Neath Port Talbot College but will instead be mutually beneficial to both institutions. It will be a challenge but could see a more diverse and widespread further education provision across Neath Port Talbot and Powys.”